Monthly Archives: January 2016

Transforming Lives for the Better

Last evening, I presented the State of the District address at A.C. Flora High School. The orchestra and jazz band performances set the stage for my remarks about our successes and points of pride here in Richland One.

From Eastover to North Main and all areas in between, our parents want the best and our students deserve the best that we have to give, at every school, every day. I continue to be proud of our teachers, administrators and students. Whether it is our students’ academic achievements or the work of our staff, Richland One shines brightly.

We are looking forward to building upon our academic strengths at the upper levels, as well the opportunities for growth in achievement for those students who haven’t reached their full potential. By strategically aligning and deploying our resources, we will accelerate this growth at all levels.

We also look forward to the upgrades of our athletics facilities and the full implementation of our digital learning environment, as well as language immersion programming and Montessori expansion. We have set an ambitious agenda and we look forward to making it happen for our students.

Thanks again for the support from all of our stakeholders. We are transforming lives for the better in Richland One!

State of the District

Next Thursday, I will give the 2016 State of the District Address. I look forward to sharing with our community the successes, honors and accolades that we have experienced in academic achievement and in other areas across Richland One. In addition, I look forward to sharing information about current and upcoming initiatives that add to student experiences during class and after school.

The State of the District Meeting also will allow for an opportunity to recognize a few of our shining stars that make our district a special place for students and staff. I look forward to seeing you at A.C. Flora High School on Thursday, January 28 at 6 p.m.

Thank you to all of our stakeholders for your support of Richland County School District One!


School Board Recognition Month

The seven members of the Richland One Board of School Commissioners work diligently in supporting the vision, mission and direction of our district. Whether it’s policymaking, community and legislative advocacy, or budget approval, our commissioners spend countless hours engaging all of our stakeholders across the district to ensure that our students’ success remains the focus of our efforts. As superintendent, I appreciate their dedication and commitment to this most important responsibility.

The South Carolina School Boards Association has designated January as School Board Recognition Month. This year’s theme is “School Boards Stand Up 4 Public Schools,” which reinforces the unique role school boards play in promoting and advocating for quality education and the ownership they take for governing their local public schools. More than 600 men and women serve on school boards statewide.

Please join me thanking our commissioners for all that they do for our students, staff and community. With all of us moving in the same direction, we will continue to do great things in Richland One. We appreciate the Board of School Commissioners for its leadership in this regard.

Happy 2016!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had an enjoyable winter break. We are looking forward to the remainder of the academic year in Richland One. The laptop rollout that is a key component of our Digital Learning Environment (DLE) initiative will begin soon at the elementary level, as the digital integration continues at the middle and high school levels.

Yesterday evening, Richland One and Richland Two teamed up to hold the second annual “Nothing But Net” charity basketball game. This year’s game was held at W.J. Keenan High School. The two districts engaged in some friendly competition on the basketball court to help fight breast cancer. Not only do we have talented educators in Richland One, we have some with great basketball skills as well. Team Richland One took home the game trophy! It was a great event that supports a worthy cause in our community. Thanks to all who participated and attended, and thanks to Dr. Debbie Hamm and her students and staff in Richland Two for their continued partnership.

Again, we are excited about the progress being made in our schools and across the district for the benefit of our students. Best wishes to all for a productive 2016!